Hertfordshire man arrested over schools hoaxes '˜threatening attacks'

An 18-year-old Hertfordshire man has been arrested after schools across our area and beyond were put on alert after staff reported that they had been sent 'threatening' emails.

An 18-year-old Hertfordshire man was arrested yesterday evening (Wednesday) on suspicion of making malicious communications relating to the threatening emails received by a large number of schools and colleges throughout the UK.

A National Crime Agency (NCA) spokesman said: “We understand these threats have caused considerable concern but we do not assess there to be an increased risk to the public.

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“We believe this incident is linked to the hoax bomb threat that closed hundreds of UK schools last week. As this is a live investigation we are unable to comment further.”

Police confirmed that forces across the country reported similar incidents. The emails informed schools that they will be targeted in an attack. A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said yesterday:

“We are aware of a series of malicious communications to schools across the country this morning (Wednesday 28 March).